Lord Howden, seeing the noble Secretary for Foreign Affairs in his place, wished to ask whether the Government had received any official report of the recent events in Syria, and whether they confirmed the accounts he had himself received, that that unfortunate country was rapidly retrograding to a state of anarchy? He thought that the policy we had pursued in the East, and especially towards Syria during the last three years, was wholly in error. It was now as difficult for an European to proceed from Beyrout to Damascus, as to travel in the interior of Africa.
SYRIA. HL Deb 14 June 1842 vol 63 cc1515-6